Now that Theo is almost 3 months (in 3 days) I figured I should get his two month post out. Man, time flies so much faster with two kids. I rarely get a chance to sit down! Thank goodness for smart phones otherwise I wouldn’t have any contact with the outside world or be able to remember anything. I’m not as good at writing every little new thing that Theo does but at least I get some of it written down in my google docs. Also, voice to text is crucial. Efficiency is key.
Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)
Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Head: 37 cm
Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Head: 34.5 cm
You can compare Caden’s two month stats here.
Theo is so much fun and is SO SMILEY! All I have to do is smile at him and he’ll smile back at me. It is so adorable. He loves staring at Caden and Caden loves his brudder. Caden is very aggressively affectionate. :)
Dairy/Soy Allergy: This month we actively tried to figure out why Theo was spitting up so much. On October 2 we went to the pediatrician because I thought he could have an allergy (excessive spitting up and mucousy poop) and she concluded that he just had reflux, but not GERD (the reflux disease). When we were about to leave the appointment, he pooped. I started to change his diaper and she said since he pooped she would check his stool for blood, the most common sign of an allergy. Spitting up is not necessarily an indicator of an allergy, I just thought something had to be wrong and an allergy was my first reasoning as to why he was spitting up so much. She came back in 5 minutes later and said there was blood in the poop. It was not visible to the human eye, which is why I hadn’t seen it. She said the 2 most common allergies are dairy and soy.
OK, my knowledge of food allergies was basically laughable. My niece had a peanut butter, wheat and egg allergy when she was little but she grew out of it. They were able to do the skin prick test on her (she was maybe ~2yo). The Ped said I should go off of dairy and soy for 2 weeks and come back in and have his stool tested. She gave me a list of all the ingredients to avoid/words to look for in the ingredients list. I know it’s silly but I can’t even describe how sad I was to hear I couldn’t drink a glass of milk! I LOOOOOOVE milk. I definitely went through a gallon a week by myself. But. I love nursing more. I love it so much. So if that’s what it takes for me to nurse Theo then I was determined to do it.
Let me just say, I had NO idea what SOY was in. It is in e v e r y t h i n g!!!! Well, dairy too! My zyrtec allergy medicine has a dairy protein in it!?! Are you kidding me?? For two days, I basically ate fruit until I could go grocery shopping. I took my mom with me because she has been eating Paleo which is a similar way to eat. I had my mother in law come watch Caden so he wouldn’t be a distraction. To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement. Ha.
My mom and I drove 40 minutes to Whole Foods and Trader Joes and I basically restocked my pantry with DF/SF (dairy free/soy free) items. Can I just say I have never eaten healthier foods in my life!? I am forced to have fruits and veggies daily. I can’t eat processed (most of them anyway) foods. I can’t eat out. I can’t have most chocolate candy bars. The few I can have are like $5 each and not at common grocery stores. Thank goodness I can still have a beer. ;) I also dropped my pregnancy weight like that *snap*. I am about ~8lbs above my weight where I was when I got preggo with Theo. And I’m wearing smaller pants than pre-pregnancy. Insane. I’m definitely not where I want to be but it took me 2.5 months this time to get where it took me a year to get after I had Caden.
On October 30th, I dropped off Theo’s diaper to be tested again and it was negative for blood. So it’s very likely that he is allergic to dairy and/or soy. I say likely because I think there was another issue. A lot of Theo’s issues early on included gasping for air when nursing, choking, coughing, air/gas in stomach, hard time pooping/passing gas, excessive weight gain, which all are symptoms of overactive forceful letdown (I’m going to call it OFL). When my milk came in each time during my first two months of nursing Theo, it was so incredibly painful. I couldn’t have even told you when my milk came in each time I nursed Caden. I had never felt that sensation before. Blood in the stool is also another reaction to OFL. So that’s why I’m not sure 100% that it is in fact a dairy/soy allergy. I tried to fix the OFL issues while we were in the waiting period to test the dairy/soy allergy so who knows. I would pull Theo off right after my milk letdown and express into a towel. I did that until my milk slowed and then I would put him back on. I pulled him off for each nursing session for about two weeks. After that time period, the letdown was much less intense, so I stopped pulling him off. He wasn’t choking/gasping for air anymore, so I think we resolved that issue. Regarding the excessive weight gain, apparently with OFL they get too much fore-milk (sugary milk) and not enough hind-milk (fatty milk) because he would gasp/struggle through the first few minutes of nursing (fore-milk) and never get to the hind-milk.
The last thing I changed to reduce the spitting up was I had him nurse every 3 hours instead of 2. Between the dairy/soy free diet, overactive forceful letdown remedies and making our nursing sessions longer apart, his spit up has reduced drastically! It’s amazing! He still spits up more than Caden did but it’s so much more manageable now. I’m not doing 2 loads of laundry a day anymore!
Sleep: Theo will only sleep in the ergo carrier for his naps during the day. At night, he goes down like a champ in his swaddle sack in the rock-n-play. He is waking up about 2 times a night. We put him to bed when we go to bed at about 10/11pm. He will not sleep a wink in his car seat. In fact, he screams constantly in it! I went on a 3 hour road trip with both kids by myself and Theo screamed the entire way. Ugh! When we went to Raleigh to visit my brother and sister-in-law, Brandon rode in the back and he was fine! I really think he is just lonely and needs to see someones face. Just talking to him and touching him won’t do. Don’t know how we’re going to remedy that situation. He screams so much that he sweats and soaks his clothes.
A nice fall walk. Not, it was unbelievably hot. We were dripping in sweat.
Theo’s one month appointment on October 17, 2014.
I have learned the art of nursing while walking. I get many weird looks (seriously? why? I don’t know.) But ain’t nobody got time to sit and nurse! ;)
Caden’s second trip to Ashland Berry Farm and Theo’s first!
A flannel family!
Caden’s first chore- feeding Toby!
The only way (at the time) that I could get Theo to sleep while not on me.
Caden “bakin’!” He likes to say “we’re cookin’ now!”
Caden “cleaning up his mess”.
You gotta do what you gotta do… when Caden constantly asks to “hold you” and Theo will only sleep on the carrier.
Daddy can build a ramp with a baby in arm!
Caden’s “nomeen puhkeen”!
Caden put the nursing cover on, looked in and said Seooooo.
Who needs a tree swing when you have a daddy swing? ;)
Seo, trust me, you want this. It has magical powers.
We have all done our part in trying to get Theo to take a paci. Unfortunately, he still absolutely hates it.
Caden’s first prayer by himself.
Going on a walk to collect acorns!
Theo’s two month appointment.
Theo loves lookin’ at his brudder.
Caden likes to hold my face sometimes and just stare into my eyes. And I kinda love it. :)
Campfire at uncle A’s and aunt teppi’s!
Caden’s first s’mores. He called them Teppi tweats.
One of K’s friends had a birthday party and she invited Caden. :)
Looooves his cousins and aunt tep!
When the costume is too small, you just put it on your head and your arms through the holes. :)
Teppi paci bootcamp
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